Beyond Boundaries – The Whaler is up for an award in the Haringey Design Awards

31 children join leading architects in shortlist for design award

The ‘Whaler’, a structure designed and built by 31 children and young people has been shortlisted for the Haringey Design Awards alongside leading architects.

Constructed this summer at Haringey Play Association’s Somerford Grove Adventure Playground in Tottenham, the Whaler is a new playable performance and social space. Sponsored by ‘Beyond Boundaries’ and working with youth building charity Risk Agency, the team reused and repurposed materials from ‘The Living Ark’, a Bill Dunster eco-classroom previously built in Muswell Hill.

The team, aged 8 to 19, began by unpacking the building from storage and deciding how it could be best reused on the playground. Then, equipped with ladders, saws, drills, hammers and the help of 26 volunteers, they got to work rebuilding the Ark. Twelve sessions later, new skills learnt, friendships forged and new experiences earned, the building was complete.

“I’ve learnt how to build. This playground is important to me; I’ve learnt to do something that you want to do, you have to set your mind to it.” Rhiann Grant, 8

Opened by local MP David Lammy on 31st August, the building is part of the Beyond Boundaries Partnership; a social mobility initiative aimed at young people in regeneration areas formed by Architects HTA Design and regeneration consultants Newman-Francis

‘When we talk about the social cohesion that keeps communities like Tottenham together; this is where its at, its absolutely in places like this. This is an oasis for thousands of young people to just be, to bridge boundaries, to make new friends, to cross schools. Lead by and directed by themselves, its an exciting space for young people, its huge for them in their world, and the practicality of building it, its fantastic’, David Lammy MP

The team join practices Gollifer Langston architects, BuckleyGrayYeoman Architects, 21st Architecture and Anne Thorne Architects in the shortlist.

The Organisations involved:

HTA (www.HTA.co.uk)

Haringey Play Association (www.haringey‐play.org.uk)

Risk Agency (www.riskagency.org)

NewmanFrancis (www.newmanfrancis.org)